Japanese Garden opens March 5 with ‘First Viewing’

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Join us at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 5 as the Seattle Japanese Garden celebrates First Viewing, a re-opening event welcoming the general public inside the gates for the first time in 2017.

First Viewing begins with the dramatic flair of a Shinto blessing, which is a formal ceremony that has been conducted in Japan since ancient times. The blessing will usher in auspicious ki—life energy—for a successful new year and will be conducted by Reverend Koichi Barrish of Tsubaki Grand Shine in Granite Falls, WA.

Trained guides will be available to give complimentary tours of the Seattle Japanese Garden, deepening the experience of strolling the garden by sharing insights on the garden’s history, design, and spiritual principles. The 45-minute tours begin at the ticket booth starting at 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

The Tateuchi Community Room will also have its doors open to the public. Visitors can enjoy a cup of tea while taking in the ICHI-GO ICHI-E digital painting exhibit by local artist Season Yoshida.

Admission is $6 adults; $4 youth 7-17, students with ID, and seniors 65+; kids 6 and under are free.

Advance ticket sales can be purchased at http://firstviewing2017.brownpapertickets.com/.

Seattle Japanese Garden is located at 1075 Lake Washington Blvd., Seattle. More event details and photographs from past events are available at www.seattlejapanesegarden.org.

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